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Cape Town bus commuter hit by Petrol bomb



A woman travelling on a bus in Mitchells Plain on Tuesday morning was injured when a petrol bomb thrown during a protest hit her in the face, according to officials.

Cape Town Metro Police spokesperson Ruth Solomons said the woman sustained serious burn wounds. She was taken to hospital. Four others were slightly injured and there was a very small fire in the bus, which was quickly contained, she added.

Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said the company was waiting for an update. According to her information, the bus did not ignite as a result of the petrol bomb.

City traffic services spokesperson Richard Coleman said the bus was targeted on Jakes Gerwel Drive northbound, before the R300.

 Solomons said they were conducting foot patrols through Siqalo informal settlement.

She added that it was difficult to determine what the cause of the protest was because people were running from the informal settlement to throw petrol bombs at vehicles and retreating before anyone could speak to them.

Two people were arrested, she said.

Confirmation from the South African Police Service will be added once received.

All roads in the area are currently open.

Community leader Sakhumzi Kakaza told EWN that they were frustrated by the slow delivery of a housing project.

The area was hit by violent service delivery protests in 2018, which led the City to propose potential solutions, such as alternative land parcels for the relocation of Siqalo residents and residents of some surrounding informal settlements.

On Tuesday morning, another protest led to the closure of Baden Powell Drive, between Mew Way and Eisleben Road. It was reopened around two hours later.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe



Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival



Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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